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Robeco Doubles Down On Swiss Appetite For Thematics

Editorial Staff

14 September 2021

Dutch investment manager has hired eight investment professionals in Switzerland to boost sustainability coverage. Roman Boner has joined as lead portfolio manager of RobecoSAM’s Smart Energy strategy, and seven equity analysts are slated to join the firm’s Sustainable Themes investment group over the next few months.
 
Boner, who is based in Zurich, was previously at Woodman Asset Management, where he established the impact offering. Before that, he was senior portfolio manager at Swisscanto, responsible for managing different thematic global equity funds and co-managing sustainable multi-asset funds. He also served as a portfolio manager at UBS Global Asset Management focused on thematic sustainable equity strategies.
 
Other hires or promotions announced on Monday include Pieter Busscher as lead portfolio manager of Robeco’s Smart Mobility strategy; Michael Studer as senior equity analyst (technology) and deputy portfolio manager for the Smart Energy strategy; and Mutlu Gundogan, Sanaa Hakim, Clément Chamboulive, Alyssa Cornuz, Simone Pozzi, and Diego Salvador Barrero joining as equity analysts.
 
“With Roman and the seven analysts joining, we are sending a strong signal to our clients and the market that Robeco Switzerland is the centre for sustainable thematic asset management, which can attract top-tier professionals. We made an important step in further bolstering the investment engine in Zurich. But this step was not the last one,” executive chair for Robeco in Switzerland, David Hrdina, said.